[John_Lit] Re: Two anointing episodes?
- --- In email@example.com, "Bill Bullin"
> P.S. Does your 2003 article's scepticism of esotericism and 4Gpreclude the
> influence of something akin to the Jewish mysticism as attested bythe
> Qumran and Scrolls and in the early Jewish literature or the Greek,Egyptian
> and quasi-Persian mystery religions?No, it does not. The article is a critique of the scholarly
perception of GJohn as a 'two-level drama', the theory launched by
J.L. Martyn and then developed above all by R.E. Brown. To summarize
my argument, I point out that GJohn belongs within the ancient
biographical genre, which makes it unlikely that it was meant to be
taken as a history of the Johannine community in allegorical
disguise. Thus, I propose that one should refrain from searching for
veiled parallel stories in GJohn - which is, essentially, a Life of
Jesus. (For a somewhat similar point of view, see T. Wiarda, 'Scenes
and Details in the Gospels: Concrete Reading and Three Alternatives',
_NTS_ 50 (2004), pp. 167-184.)
This does not in principle preclude influences of early Jewish
mysticism, mystery religions, ancient Greek tragedy, Hinduism... or
whatever. But it is a warning against finding such 'influences' on an
alleged allegorical level. That there are connections between GJohn
and Qumran, Enochic mysticism etc. seems fairly evident to me; but I
think this kind of 'mysticism' should be carefully distinguished
from 'mystery religions' (such as the mysteries of Isis, Osiris,
- On Dec 23, 2004, at 7:47 AM, pastor_t@... wrote:
> Hello Q Bee, Tobias and Old Friends from the J-Lit List,
> I am Thomas W. Butler. I have just re-joined this list after
> almost two years away. I am a United Methodist Pastor, having just
> made a transition from serving the First United Methodist Church of
> Tracy, California to being the Senior Pastor at Sparks United
> Methodist Church in Sparks, Nevada.
> I am the author of Let Her Keep It. Thank you, Q Bee, for
> recommending my book.
I'm very pleased to see you here once again.
Your book has been most helpful in teaching the layers of the fourth
gospel. I've given your address to several people and I hope they have
bought it from you. It had better stay in print so that I can continue
to send people your way. It is a very well crafted piece of work.
Peace and blessings to all. May you find the Christ in each person you
meet this Christmas season; and may you be the Christ to each of them.